On this first day to send out sample ballots in the Nebraska Primary, we see Don Walton reference Lee Terry's latest campaign flyer in his Monday column. See it below (click for larger images).
Walton notes the image of Terry and Governor Dave Heineman used. Note that it is from the closing ad of Terry's 2008 campaign, seen here:
You can read the initial themes the Terry campaign will be pushing for a while as well.
We see that Nebraska Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Mark Lakers is staffing up his campaign.
politicsunder30.org, and lists his personal phone number at the Lakers for Gov page.
How do we know it is his personal number? Well, because it has his Fort Lauderdale, Florida prefix on it. Degner has his own political consulting company, Vulpine Group based out of Florida. The Iowa native, and Drake U. graduate signed an online petition for "Draft Scott Kleeb for Senate" way back when. Not sure if his Nebraska connections get any closer.
Here's the thing. We get that campaigns often have to (or choose to) hire out-of-state talent. Sometimes there are only so many experienced politicos out there.
But this year?
Nebraska Dems have ONE major races that they are involved in (NE-2). The rest are a mish-mash of minor candidates and lower profile gigs. So they couldn't stay in-state for the top statewide race? And further, their guy couldn't take the time to get himself a Nebraska phone number to post?
Since Lakers has pledged to drop 100,000 of his own clams into his race, you'd think a little more thought would go into who he has running the show and how. Seeing as this is only his second foray into elective politics, it is not unlikely that we will see more of this.
In case there was any doubt that Jane Fleming Kleeb (of the Hastings, Scott Kleebs) has broader intentions on the state Democrat party, look no further than the latest "candidate meet-up", hosted by Marion Bahensky, former President of the Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus.
Bahensky send out an invite for her gig -- in Grand Island -- featuring Rebekah Davis (for the 3rd Congressional seat), Janet Stewart (Sec. of State), Annette Dubas (state Senator - Grand Island) and "candidate" Jane Kleeb for...? Well, we know she's a candidate for the Hastings School Board. Maybe that's why she's just listed as a "candidate". Hmm.
Then again, maybe it's because her REAL candidacy is the tops of the state Democrats. Leavenworth Street has heard from more than a few Dems who aren't crazy about certain "new" Nebraska Dems (cough, Kleeb, cough Barry Rubin) trying to take over the party. Then again, if no local Dems are willing to step up, what's to stop those newer immigrants from running the show?
(Oh, and btw, no male Dem candidates at the meet and greet? Were any invited? Just asking...)